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Portland City Council unanimously enacts anti-puppy mill ordinance

The Portland City Council has unanimously passed an ordinance prohibiting pet shops and outdoor venues like flea markets from selling animals sourced from inhumane puppy and kitten mills. Sponsored by Councilor Ed Suslovic, the bill provides important protections for consumers and pets.
Katie Hansberry, Maine senior state director for The Humane Society of the United States, issued the following statement:
“We applaud the Portland City Council for passing this important animal welfare and consumer protection ordinance. As the first city in Maine to pass a law to combat the horrors of large, commercial breeding facilities, Portland is once again leading by example. This ordinance brings us one step closer to the day when puppy mills have nowhere left to sell.”
More than 180 cities and counties across the nation have passed pet store ordinances banning the sale of puppies in pet stores. Several states have also passed pet store regulations.
The HSUS urges anyone looking to add a pet to their family to consider adoption first, and if that is not an option, to seek out a responsible breeder who will gladly show a potential purchaser where and how the puppies were raised and how the mother of the puppy will continue to live after the sale. The HSUS also published a Puppy Buyer’s Guide for consumers. 

Media Contact: Cheylin Parker; cparker@humanesociety.org, 240-599-6848

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